Video shows policeman confronting attacker at Istanbul airport

A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk airport.
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A video has emerged online showing the moment one of the three suicide bombers who targeted Istanbul’s Ataturk airport was shot before detonating the explosives.

A CCTV camera clip leaked to the Turkish media and social media shows the suspect running through a terminal while other people are fleeing. He stops and falls to the ground, dropping an object.

A second man, presumably a policeman, approaches the fallen man holding a gun before running away. Suddenly, a huge explosion obscures the camera view.

Turkey’s prime minister said 36 people and the three suicide bombers died in the attack at Ataturk, one of Europe’s busiest airports.Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says that so far all early signs point to the Islamic State (ISIS) group being behind the attack. He says the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “The bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world.”

More than 61 million passengers travelled through Ataturk airport in 2015.

Turkey’s Western allies including the United States condemned the “heinous” attack:

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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